And then there are cycling jeans:
There are regular undershirts*:
And there are cycling undershirts:
*[Uniqlo Heattech undershirts make great winter base layers, by the way.]
And of course there are storage jars:
And then there are cycling-specific storage jars:
Yes, I'm totally changing the name of this blog to "Storage Jar Snob:"
By the way, here are the respective dollar totals for all the items mentioned above:
Non-Cycling Specific: $70.89
That's more than a 100% markup just 'cause it's bikey.
I just saved you $79.82.
Anyway, I mention all of this because a reader named Dale was kind enough to email me and tell me that Clif is now selling baby food pouches to cyclists:
Yes, any owner of a new human child will take just one look at these mush-filled bags with their oversized asphyxiation-proof caps and highly objectionable stomach-turning flavor combinations and conclude, quite rightly, "Holy crap, that's basically just baby food!"
Although as far as I know no baby food company has attempted to sell a bagful of pizza:
Oh yeah, Clif ran the old Bag O' Pizza guy out of business, it's that good:
This then raises an interesting and important question, which is this:
Should Freds be eating baby food?
Well, that depends whether or not your Fred is ready to start solid foods. Here's how to tell:
--Fred can sit up well without support.
--Fred has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
--Fred is ready and willing to chew.
--Fred is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
--Fred is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.
Okay, clearly Fred's not ready to eat like a big boy. So now the question becomes whether Fred should eat the Cliff stuff or actual baby food.
Over at Buy Buy Baby, a 113g pouch of Happy Baby™ Stage 3 goo sells for $1.69
Ensure your child has a healthy, delicious meal with Happy Baby Hearty Meals. Savory blends and yummy combinations of organic ingredients provide balanced nutrition for little ones. Portable pouch makes feeding on the go easy.
Whereas on that site named after a river you can pick up a six-pack of Clif's cycling-specific ooze for $14.24, which comes to $2.37 per pouch:
Of course it's important to keep in mind the Clif pouch is slightly larger at 120g. So here's what you're really paying:
Clif: approximately 2 cents a gram
Happy Baby™: approximately 1 and a half cents per gram.
So yes, you are paying a premium for the cycling-specific baby food, though admittedly you will pay a bit more for the baby-specific baby food if you go for a premium seasonal flavor like turkey and sage:
I could so easily rebrand this as "BSNYC Labs Special Seasonal Cyclocross Blend!" and charge $20 a pop, and the fact that I'm not is proof of my integrity.
Okay, I know what you're thinking. "What's actually in all this stuff? Similar containers aside, baby food and ride fuel are apples and oranges!"
Well, first of all, we're talking about disgusting food in pouches, so a more fitting metaphor than "apples and oranges" would be "apples/oatmeal/roastbeef" and "orange/kale/beet." Secondly, here's what Li'l Junior's getting in his or her bag of Happy Baby™:
Sure, it's not exactly the same, but tell me that shit ain't baby food.
So in conclusion, yes, Freds might as well just eat baby food.
And while I'm praising myself and my integrity, it's worth noting you won't get this sort of in-depth real-world analysis and indispensable budgetary advice in magazines like "Bicycling." Instead you'll just read about how to buy a van:
remember that "How To Poop On a Ride" article? For a magazine about bikes they sure seem unduly interested in motor vehicles and going to the bathroom:
Lastly, speaking of motor vehicles, here's a little something from "Outside" about how to open your car door:
If you drive a car, you need to make a habit of the "Dutch Reach"— it could save someone's life: https://t.co/ABW2WsxD0b pic.twitter.com/qbqN49oPGK— Outside Magazine (@outsidemagazine) September 27, 2016
And the video is here.
Sadly, in the land of "rolling coal," the chances of this practice becoming widespread are exactly zero.